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Half Moon (Halve Maen). Photo by Mitch Waxman


Half Moon, a replica of Henry Hudson’s 17th century ship Halve Maen, will be leaving New York for good, bound for the Netherlands in 2015. [The Times Union]

Replica of Henry Hudson’s ship Halve Maen. Photo by Roy Googin via wikipedia


The Times Union: The board of directors of the New Netherland Museum on Tuesday said that the ship, which has suffered from financial difficulties and the lack of a home port, will be moved to the Dutch city of Hoorn in 2015.

The Albany-based New Netherland Museum said it will retain ownership of the Half Moon. It was not clear how the vessel will cross the Atlantic Ocean and when it will depart. The value of the deal and details of the agreement were unavailable on Tuesday night.

Read more from The Times Union here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Piers 25 and 26. via


The Hudson River Park Trust announced Clarkson University will lead the development and operation of a new state-of-the-art Estuarium on Pier 16 on the Hudson River in Tribeca, as reported by The New York Times.

The Hudson River Park Pier 26 Estuarium will focus on river ecology, and will combine on-site research facilities with educational programming, interactive exhibits, classrooms and lecture spaces.

via The Hudson River Park trust


The New York Times: The center will occupy the end of the 840-foot pier, between North Moore and Hubert Streets. With a footprint of about 12,000 square feet, the estuarium will have instruments and sensors to collect data to monitor things like water quality and salinity from the river.

A view of Pier 26, in the background, on Thursday. Construction is expected to begin on the estuarium in 2017. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times


While there will be some research activity, the center’s primary focus will be educational, with classrooms, a wet laboratory and exhibits.

Construction is expected to begin on the estuarium in 2017. Plans also call for a new deck and landscaping on Pier 26. The expectation is that Clearwater, which operates educational programs aboard a replica of a cargo sloop, will eventually berth at the pier. This summer a boathouse opened there, offering free kayaking to the public.



Clarkson, based in Potsdam, N.Y., already runs the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, some 50 miles up the Hudson River from the park. And the university will lead a consortium that includes the New York Hall of Science and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to devise and run programs at the future estuarium.

Read more from The New York Times here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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